Philadelphia and Trash & Recycling07 Jan 2014 02:11 pm

Phila Streets




Message from the Philadelphia Streets Department:

Due to the extreme low temperatures and recent weather events, Sanitation collections will be delayed throughout the week. Residents should set out their trash and recycling on their regularly scheduled day and keep them at their normal pick up locations. If they are not picked up we will collect the following day. We regret this inconvenience and thank citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation as crews navigate through dangerous cold weather.

Twitter: @PhilaStreets, @UnLitterUs



Philadelphia06 Jan 2014 09:08 pm

Our monthly General Meeting for January has been cancelled due to the dangerously cold weather we are receiving tomorrow. Please stay warm and keeps your pets inside! For more cold weather tips, visit the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management website at or follow them on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Philadelphia09 Sep 2013 11:30 am

OPA Capture

Messages from Office of Property Assessment for Community/​Neighborho​od Groups: Homestead Exemption Deadline, Telephone Town Hall, Relief Measures

Beautification and Philadelphia09 Jul 2013 01:48 pm

The first community meeting about the mural proposal for 910 Dickinson will be tomorrow evening July, 9 at 6pm in the lot of the church next to 910 Dickinson or inside the church if its raining. If the weather is good, feel free to bring a folding chair and join Cathy Harris, Director of Community Murals, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program as they launch this project. If you aren’t able to come, rest assured there will be another meeting in about two weeks. They’ll have a date by Friday and we will pass along so everyone is given plenty of notice.

First Community Meeting

Wednesday, July 10th at 6:00 p.m.

Church lot next to 910 Dickinson Street


Philadelphia19 Jun 2013 01:52 pm

Phila StreetsMayors Office






Acting Commissioner
7th Floor – Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-1676

Contact: Aaron Ritz, 215-686-9000



Philadelphia, June 18, 2013 – Starting Thursday, June 27 through Thursday, July 11, the City of Philadelphia will conduct one of its periodic removals of abandoned bicycles. The public is encouraged to report abandoned bicycles through Philly311. Abandoned bicycles will be tagged by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities at least seven days prior to removal by the Streets Department.

Abandoned bicycles are those with missing or damaged parts, in unusable condition, and that have been locked in the same location for one month or longer. Residents, business owners, and visitors should report abandoned bicycles by using the Philly311 smartphone app, visiting, or calling 311. Remember to include a description of the bicycle, its location, any damage, and what the bike is locked to (a bike rack, parking meter, etc.).

All bicycles scheduled for removal from racks, posts, and other structures will be tagged with a notice to alert the owner at least seven days prior to the removal date. Removing abandoned bicycles frees up existing parking areas for cyclists and keeps scarce sidewalk space clear. All abandoned bicycles will be donated to local charities that specialize in refurbishing bicycles. This effort follows up on prior abandoned bicycle sweeps conducted over the past year in which the Streets Department collected nearly 150 bicycles and donated them to Neighborhood Bike Works and Resources for Human Development.

If your bicycle has inadvertently been identified as abandoned, simply remove the tag and relocate the bicycle to different bike rack. Call the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities at 215-686-5493 if you are unable to move your tagged bicycle or if you have any questions.


Philadelphia29 May 2013 04:11 pm

PPDInformation Bulletin Received From the Philadelphia Police Department

The Philadelphia Police Department Central Detective Division has identified a scam targeting merchants in and around the city of Philadelphia.

The scam works as follows:

The subject/customer executes the scam by walking into a store and or business well dressed, after selecting the merchandise the subject use a prepaid credit card/debit card, with his or her name displayed on the card. The subject also uses a Pennsylvania state driver’s license or identification card with the name matching the name on the credit card. Once the merchant swipes the credit card for approval the card is automatically declined. The reason for this declination is that the credit card is prepaid, and no funds were ever deposited to make the card have a positive balance. The merchant then tells the subject/customer that the card was declined; subject/customer then comes up with an excuse as to why the card was declined. Subject/customer uses their cell phone to call their bank; in reality, subject/customer is calling a co-conspirator at another location. The merchant is then handed the subject/customer’s cell phone. The merchant is led to believe they are speaking to a representative of the subject/customer bank. Co-conspirator asked the merchant if they verified the customer’s identification, etc. Once the security question part of the conversation is over the co-conspirator will, then ask the merchant what type of credit card machine are using after the merchant responds to the co-conspirator instructs the merchant to key in a series of commands, which prints out a receipt with an approval code, and the merchant then hands the phone back to the subject/customer. The merchant has subject/customer sign the receipt, and he/she exits the store with the merchandise. Most merchants do not discover the scam until they receive a charge back from their bank several days later.

Purchases range from a few hundred dollars to over ten thousand dollars at a time.

Central Detective Division S.I.U is conducting the investigation into this matter, contact Detective Steven Parkinson 8164, at 215-686-3093.



Neighborhood Stories and Philadelphia23 May 2013 01:41 pm

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On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 it was “Ace” day at Christopher Columbus Charter School in South Philadelphia to honor Philadelphia Police Officer Juan “Ace” Delgado # 6318, the long time 3rd District Community Relations Officer. This was a surprise presentation that was months in the making, the cafeteria was decorated with drawing hanging on the walls & ceiling, most with the theme from a deck of cards with the “Ace” of hearts, spades, clubs & diamonds to show how much the kids from the school appreciate Ace for his years of service. Miss Dougherty the Campus Principle told of how the school opened in 1999 and they where new to the neighborhood and didn’t know anyone, then decided to call the 3rd District and ask if an officer can stop by due to a disturbance with a parent, Ace made his way to the school to take care of the assignment and when he was done he gave his cell phone number that he answers every time his services are needed. A dozen students performed dances, a choir of 70 children serenaded Ace with songs “We are grateful”, “Honor a Vet”, “I am grateful to be Free”. A lunch was served to the visitors which included Aces wife, mother & children, Christopher Columbus Charter School Board Chairman Mr. R. Pescatore and Commanding Officer of the 3rd District Captain Michael Ryan. Ace stated he was very surprised and appreciated being recognized for doing something that he loves which is working with children in reference to danger / stranger programs and making our schools & community safer.

Report prepared by: Police Officer Michael Duffy, Badge #7441

Reviewed by: Captain Michael Ryan, Badge #20



Philadelphia06 Mar 2013 06:31 pm


Prepared by the Passyunk Square Civic Association

¬  AVI = Actual value initiative introduced by the City of Philadelphia (“City”) to revamp the system of real property taxes.  All real property in the City has been reassessed based on market value (i.e. what someone might buy it for on the free market).  The market values of all real property in Philadelphia were determined by the City’s Office of Property Assessments  (“OPA”).   The City’s stated purpose for AVI is to make the values of real estate, and thus the tax obligations of property owners in Philadelphia, accurate and fair.

¬  OPA released the new assessments on February 15, 2013.  The assessments relate to tax year 2014.  Each property owner should receive notice of his/her new assessment in the mail.  You can also check the new assessments online at:

¬  The amount of real estate taxes will be determined once the City has determined the tax rate.  The tax rate will be determined when the City has approved the budget for 2014.  The City budget is typically determined around May of the preceding year.  Currently, the minimum tax rate that has been identified by the City is 1.25% of the assessed value of each property.  For example, if your assessment is set at $100,000 and the tax rate is set at 1.32%, your tax obligation will be $1,320.

¬  Owner/occupants can apply for a homestead exemption, by submitting a paper application that was previously mailed, by applying online at, or by calling 215-686-9200 to apply. The deadline to apply for the homestead exemption if July 31, 2013 for applicability in tax year 2014. It should be noted that the homestead exemption measure is not yet finalized, but is currently proposed as a $30,000 reduction of a homeowner’s assessment. For example, if your assessment is set at $100,000 and you are eligible for the homestead exemption, you will be taxed at $70,000 for the period of the exemption. Other proposals for the homestead exemption and other gentrification protection measures are being considered by City Council. The greater the discount measures approved, the higher the tax rate will be.

¬  Property owners may appeal their new tax assessments here  First level of review is conducted by OPA.  You must complete a request form by March 31, 2013 and provide information you think is pertinent to your assessment.  It should be noted that the OPA evaluator may increase, decrease, or keep your assessment the same as a result of the review.

¬  If homeowners are not satisfied with the outcome of the first level of review, they may appeal to the Board of Revision of Taxes (“BRT”).  Formal appeals to BRT are due by October 7, 2013 for tax year 2014.

Contact information for our 1st District Councilman, Mark Squilla:
Mark Squilla
District 1
City Hall, Room 332
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215)686-3458, (215)686-3459
FAX: (215) 686-1931

For contact information for the rest of City Council or to confirm your council district, please visit

Now that you’ve learned more about AVI, please take a moment to answer the questions found on the survey located here to tell us about your awareness and concerns around the city’s coming AVI implementation. Please submit survey responses by March 25th. If you have any questions or trouble accessing the survey, email us at


Philadelphia04 Mar 2013 12:51 pm

Philadelphia is overhauling its property tax system. For years, property assessments have been inconsistent and often inaccurate and the city is planning to normalize these through the Actual Value Initiative (AVI). The total amount of tax the city will collect will not change, however, where it comes from will be reallocated. Some property owners will be paying more (in many cases, particularly in our neighborhood, significantly more, sometimes twice as much or more.) Some property owners, whose property values were overestimated in the past, will be paying less.

PSCA has been attending meetings with representatives from other civic associations to keep informed about concerns around AVI’s implementation. To date the city has moved forward as promised, but we have ongoing concerns that our neighborhood will be hit particularly hard as property values are reassessed to reflect accurate market property values. We want to be sure we keep our neighbors informed about the coming changes. Also, now that the new valuations have been released, we want to gather feedback as to whether our neighborhood feels the assessments have been done in a way that’s fair and accurate and how neighbors think this new system will affect them.

Want to know more about AVI? We’ve prepared an AVI Fact Sheet.

Please take a moment to answer the questions found on the survey link located here to tell us about your awareness and concerns around the city’s coming AVI implementation. Please submit survey responses by March 25th. If you have any questions or trouble accessing the survey, email us at

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